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Lamborghini Passenger Killed In Crash At Walt Disney World High-Speed Track

The luxury car was going around the Richard Petty track in Orlando when the driver lost control and crashed into a barrier.

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The Florida highway patrol named the deceased as Gerry Terry, 36, from Davenport. Terry, who was believed to be the operations manager at the Richard Petty Driving Experience track, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, Tavon Watson, 24, escaped with minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital. According to Florida highway patrol, he failed to control the high-speed car when it was going around a bend, driving it straight into a guardrail.

"We offer our deepest sympathies to those involved in today's tragic accident," said Andrea Finger, spokesperson for Walt Disney World Resort, in a statement to the local media.

The Richard Petty Driving Experience allows fans to drive Ferraris, Porsches and Lamborghinis, or ride shotgun with a trained instructor at speeds of up to 165mph. Car enthusiasts cough-up anything between $99 and $2,500, depending on the number of laps.

Following the tragedy, Petty Holdings LLC issued the following statement to the local media:

"On behalf of everyone in the organization, it is with a very heavy heart that we extend our deepest sympathies to those involved in today's tragic accident in Orlando."

The Walt Disney World high-speed track is set to close on June 28 for improvement works.

The accident on Sunday is now under investigation.

Felipe Araujo is the overnight homepage editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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